Summertime Fun in Pictures

My last post was free of any pictures, so I thought I would share a few from this summer. The bottom ones are from going to see Dave Matthews Band at Alpine Valley with my mom, sister, cousin, cousin’s husband, and sister’s friend. We made friends with the two guys who were tailgating next to us, and it was an amazing time, as always! I love seeing DMB live, and Alpine Valley never disappoints!

Some were random Snapchats (I’m amber330 there), and some random selfies. I got to enjoy the pool to myself one day, and we were all swimming on another.

Also, cats in baskets and bags. Because cats.

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Menu Plan Monday #1 [7/11-7/15]

One of my favorite type of blog post to read is a menu plan. I’m insanely nosy, particularly with food. Whenever I go to my mom or aunt’s house, I always peek in their fridge and freezer to see what they have going on. I don’t know why, but it fascinates me.

Look, I know I’m weird. This isn’t news to me.

So I thought that since I like to know what everyone is eating, I should share what we eat here! My plan is to do this weekly, and eventually I’ll have more pictures to share.🙂

A few bits to know – I don’t plan breakfast or lunch. Kalen tends to take dinner leftovers for his lunch, and I just eat whatever. For breakfast, he’s been eating a banana and usually a fiber bar while at work. If I eat breakfast, I make some eggs and possibly toast. I usually keep is relatively simple for myself. My lunch can be anything from a sandwich to soap to “snacks” so I don’t plan those.

We also don’t menu plan for Saturday and Sunday. Sometimes a day will get pushed to the weekend (if we decide to eat out or end up swimming), but we play the weekend by ear.

Monday:  Grilled Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce, Corn on the Grill, and grilled zucchini (rubbed with a bit of olive oil and some homemade Arthur Bryant’s seasoning).

Tuesday: Some pork and cheese tamales from a place nearby, yellow rice, and possibly some black beans. Does anyone else just love black beans?

Wednesday: Chermoula Chicken (we won’t be making it into skewers), rice pilaf, and some green beans (I top mine with a tiny bit of butter and garlic salt).

Thursday: Grilled Turkey Meatloaf (I’ll have to share how we do this – so tasty!), some homemade Sriracha Mac & Cheese (I made this last year after a trip to Wisconsin where I picked up some Sriracha cheese, and it was so good!), and salad (yay for garden lettuce!).

Friday: Crispy Baked Chicken Wings, quinoa (I’ll have to share this too – so simple and tasty!), and green beans.

So there you have it!!! What are you eating this week?

 

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Whoa! June Already!?

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I can’t believe it has been over two months since I’ve last updated here! Wowzers! I’m so terrible at being consistent with updating, but I blame school for that!

The spring 2016 semester ended well, and I passed all my classes. I LOVED my clinical – working with the patients just really solidified why I want to be a nurse and why this is my calling. I am so glad that in 2012 I prayed and prayed about it when I was unable to find a new job, and took the plunge and enrolled in a local community college to knock out my prerequisites classes (English, Microbiology, Algebra, etc.), because this has been the best decision I’ve made, other than marrying Kalen of course.

I took a summer course – that actually ends on Thursday next week! I decided to take my statistics course as a Maymester to get it out of the way prior to the fall. I figured I had put it off for long enough, and I do NOT want to take it with Adult 1 in the fall! I also didn’t want to take it from June to August because that is the real part of summer. I can handle doing it in 4 weeks during May and the beginning of June – it isn’t warm enough here yet to enjoy swimming all the time, and so far it hasn’t been bad at all. Four people I know were taking this class, and I met a new friend through this class – the six of us are all in the nursing program too!

So that class is about over, and we’re trucking along otherwise. I’m still a Younique Presenter, and I hit Yellow this year! Woo hoo!!! I cannot say enough wonderful things about this product or this company.

The above picture on the left was so I could show how my makeup held up – the left side of it was 7:30am, and the right was 8:00pm and my makeup still looked freshly applied! I got so many compliments that day, and have had a few people even remark on how it looked after the fact, because they remembered. The right picture was when I received my Bonbons – Younique’s new tinted lip balm! I LOVE those! It’s such an easy way to add color without worrying about it being 100% perfect like you’d have to do with lipstick or gloss or even a stain. Plus they’re so moisturizing! I’m sold! You can check it out HERE if you are interested in Younique products! If you have questions or need help color matching, let me know! Also, I just realized I’m wearing the same shirt in those pictures, but they were both different days….haha!

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This is our current monthly Kudos, and can I tell you how excited I am!? Because I got SUPER giddy and excited!!!! I snatched this bundle up immediately, because if I were to buy all four of those items, I’d be spending $139. Saving $40? Sign me up! If you want flawless skin, this is for you! Seriously though, this company/makeup has changed my life, for the better, so I want to share the love with everyone I meet!

Okay, enough gushing about makeup…haha!! I recently quit my job that I had at the school. I have had health problems for what feels like my entire life (okay, not really that long….), and I was consistently calling off because I was sick. I called off three of my four scheduled days, and realized that I was doing nothing but letting my coworkers and boss down, so I felt it best if I quit. I miss my job already, and my coworkers, but I did what was in my best interest, and really, in their best interest as well.

Life in general is honestly really awesome right now. Kalen and I are still saving for a future home, the cats are wonderful, and I have way too much fun with Snapchat filters.

I’m excited for the real summer weather to kick in, so I can spend my days in the pool, in the garden, and enjoying the sunshine! I plan to do some super cleaning this summer too, weed through my clothing even more than I have already, packing up certain items (my owl collection for one, because I don’t want to have to keep dusting them all!), and of course making items for the Etsy shop so I can be fully stocked come fall/winter. I have a lot of new items I need to put together and list, and I want to crochet more items to list too. Lots of summer plans, y’all! I cannot wait!

I’m also going to be getting back in the swing of working out and dieting. I need to consistently use my workout bike, and I used an Amazon card I received for my birthday this year to buy resistance bands (the kind that loop), and some sliders for carpet/wood floors, so I need to work those into a routine as well. Now that it’s almost summer it will be easier to eat fresh produce, especially when our gardens start producing lots of yummy goodies.

And on that note, I think I should head to bed! I have some lab work in the morning (just my normal labs that I have every three months to monitor my A1C), and so I’ll be a real beast if I don’t get enough sleep hahaha!!!

Also, please pray for me. I had an abnormal test result and have to go for further testing to see what the cause was. That appointment is June 10, so if you could pray that it was just a fluke, or that it is nothing serious, I would so appreciate it!

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The What If?

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Sometimes we ask ourselves a lot of “what if?” type questions. Or, maybe that’s just me. I’m a worrier though, as anyone who knows me can verify for you, should you doubt. I get bad test anxiety (which is terrible, since I’m in nursing school). I worry about the future. And I worry about the what ifs in life. And I mean, I can make up something so unlikely to happen and worry about it and stress myself out over it, that it is ridiculous. I’d like to think I’m just talented though.

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One of my most frequent worries is what would happen if I lost my husband. I know I’m not the only one who worries about losing a loved one, but it is constantly on my mind. When I was 14, my Dad passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack. The last time I saw him, 4 days before he died, I was mean to him. Why? Because I was mad that my Mom wouldn’t let me go to Dairy Queen with my classmates. I had just finished 8th grade, and everyone was going out, except me. So when my Dad came by, I was mean to him, because I was mad. I was 14, and I was mad. Had I known that was the last time I’d be seeing him, I’d have been nice. I can’t even remember if I hugged and kissed him goodbye.

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So I always worry about Kalen dying. What if his last memory of me, before he dies, is us fighting? Or me being stupid and whiny? Did I tell him I loved him? Did I kiss him goodbye? I try not to be mad at him for any period of time. So far we haven’t had any huge, major fights. Yes, we argue. I like to pretend I’m perfect, but I can assure you that I’m not, and he’ll assure you of that as well. But we usually resolve it fairly quickly. I’m not a fighter. I like peace and quiet. I like things to be calm. So fighting and I aren’t the best of friends.

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But still, what if Kalen were to die? What if, at almost 31, I became a widow? Would I want to remarry? Would I ever love someone as much as him? We’re currently preventing a pregnancy, so I wouldn’t even have a child to remind me of him. I’d be alone. Kalen is not only my husband, but my best friend. I would be lost. Could I ever love someone else like I love him? I doubt it. Would I want to “settle” for a not-so-great love so I’m not alone until I die at a hopefully ripe old age? I don’t know. I can’t imagine being with anyone else, or anyone else being willing to put up with me (I can be a bit much, turns out). IN all honesty, I’d probably stay single and alone. I wouldn’t want to love anyone else.

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On the other side of things though, if I were to die today, I would absolutely want Kalen to move on, and find someone else. I would not want him to be alone. The thought of him being alone worries more than the thought of me being alone….haha. And this is mainly because he cannot properly make a bed. Hospital corners anyone? 

 

Of course, my what ifs are not limited to him dying. Trust me, there are way more that I could post about to further prove I’m a tad crazy. I won’t, but I could.

 

What are your “what if?” worries? Share them below!

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New Year, New Me, & All That Jazz

Recently, I’ve gained weight. A lot of weight, actually. My diet hasn’t changed (although it needs to), and I haven’t worked out (again, I need to). What changed was that I finally got my blood sugar under control, and as a result, I gained almost 30 pounds from the beginning of October to now.

Do.Not.Want.

As a result of that horrifying wake up call, I have decided that I’m going to go with the cliche phrase, and get my act together. I have started tracking my food again using MyFitnessPal (add me!), and I plan on working out. While I’m thrilled that my sugars are normal after being a Type II diabetic since 2008, I’m not thrilled about the weight gain, or that my clothing no longer fits. I’m not thrilled that in order to wear knee high boots, I had to go up a size, and even those are tight. I’m not thrilled that my jeans are all tight and cut into my stomach, and I’m not thrilled that I’m so fat that sitting in certain desks on campus are uncomfortable.

I don’t want to lose weight for vanity’s sake. I want to lose weight for my health. I need to lose weight for my health.

So, I’m tracking, and I’ll be working out. I’ve set my calories to 1800 a day. When I met with my nutritionist, she suggested 2200 a day, and I actually laughed. When I’m eating healthy foods, that number is impossible. Now, I can hit that easily if I eat crap, but then I’m left feeling hungry. With healthy choices, I’m not left starving.

So, what did I eat today? I know you’re waiting with bated breath to find out!

Breakfast: 1 cup of dry oats, cooked in water. Mixed in, 1 teaspoon of brown sugar, 1 teaspoon of unsalted butter, and 1 tablespoon of pure maple syrup. 401 calories.

Lunch: half a cup of lowfat cottage cheese, half a cup of grape tomatoes, 2 slices of oven roasted turkey, half of a multigrain sandwich thin from Brownberry, half of a tomato slice (1/4″ thick), 1 leaf of iceberg lettuce, and half of a slice of Sargento Ultra Thin Longhorn Colby. 226 calories.

Snack: 1 cup of green grapes. 104 calories.

Drinks: 2 cups of cranberry autumn tea with 6 packets of Splenda total. 24 calories.

Dinner: half a cup of beef flavored rice mix, half a cup of green beans with 1/3 tablespoon of Brummel and Brown, 1 cup of skim milk, a 4.15oz pork loin chop with Shake ‘n Bake. 479 calories.

Snack: 4 pieces of Dove dark chocolate (a stocking stuffer). 168 calories.

My total intake for the day was 1402 calories, so I’m under my goal by 398 calories. My lunch WOULD have been more, but I made it last night, and stupidly put the tomato slice on the sandwich ahead of time, so it was really soggy and gross. I ate half before I couldn’t stomach it any longer, and tossed it. As for breakfast, when I’m eating oatmeal, I find that a half cup of dry oats doesn’t satisfy. And as to the butter, I can’t explain it other than my Gma used to add a pat of it to my Cream of Wheat, and I think that’s why I do it. Either way, it’s tasty and fills me up. Next time, I’ll top it with some cinnamon I think.

Tomorrow will be a different breakfast (2 slices of sourdough bread from Healthy Life, 1 tablespoon of Brummel and Brown, 2 extra large eggs cooked in 1 teaspoon of coconut oil, although I might switch it out, and ditch the B&B for some mashed up avocado – we’ll see how lazy I am). Lunch will be similar – sandwich thin with mustard, roasted chicken, 1 slice of the colby, a tomato slice (kept separate this time!), and some alfalfa sprouts, plus 2oz of extra sharp cheddar cheese and 3/4 cup of lowfat cottage cheese). My snack will be 1 cup of green grapes. Those put me at 1025 for the day. I’ll have 775 calories left for my dinner, and I’m hoping to feel better, and get a workout in before I head into work. I’m probably going to opt for my favorite – kettlebell swings!

With the stress of the upcoming semester already settling in (yay, nursing school!), I need to stay on top of my health. Last semester was terrible, health-wise, and I missed a lot of school and work. I don’t want to repeat that.

Also, I took some before pictures, measurements, and of course my weight (the pictures and measurements were done this evening, and the weight done the morning of January 1st). I am debating if I should make a separate post and include them or not. I’m in quite a few Facebook accountability groups, so that’s been a help to keep me on track too.

Anyway, this isn’t my only 2016 goal, but it’s a big one! I’ll post more of them, but I wanted to focus on this first, because quite frankly, I’m excited about it.🙂

 

How is 2016 treating you!?

 

 

 

Let Me Brag

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Guys, my husband is the greatest. I know you’re reading this and thinking “No Amber, MY husband is the best!” and I get where you’re coming from, I do.

But mine is the best, hands down.😉

Seriously though – he works full time. I work 11 hours a week. He works hard to have enough money to pay for both of our cars, pay for our kittens, our car insurance, and everything else. The only things I pay for are stuff I buy in secret (you know, like makeup….), and my cell phone (we buy our minutes yearly through Straight Talk). He takes us out, puts money into our savings account, and always make sure I’m not without.

When he was still in school, he was working full time, taking classes full time, and still did a ton of stuff. He’s the one who always washed the laundry, dried it (or hung it), and brought it up. I used to fold it, and we’d both put away, but now that I’m deeper into nursing school, he’s doing it all. 

Dude, best husband ever.

He helps with cooking. I love to cook, I do, but sometimes my homework load laughs in my face, and I can’t. He comes home, after a long day at work, and cooks. He’ll clean up too.

He also is constantly getting me drinks, snacks, things I printed, or things I ask for in general. He’s the one who cleans the litter box, stops to pick up stuff last minute, and takes care of any technological needs I/we have.

When I say I was blessed with him, I mean it to the highest level. God truly gave me a gift when he sent Kalen to me. I’m cheesy – I believe in soul mates and love at first sight. That was just how it was for me when I met Kalen. And it was funny, because he wasn’t interested in a relationship, having just gotten out of one, but he changed his mind, and I am so thankful that he did.

And today, as the snow falls down thickly (so beautiful, you guys), Kalen took the time to take the cats to the vet (I went with, and rode in the back with them), and then he went to work to take care of something that had cropped up.

He’s awesome, I’m blessed.

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Amber, The Future Conqueror

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Some working ahead and my house smells great as it is cooking! This is a Back to Her Roots (one of my favorite bloggers) recipe, Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Potato Soup.

I’m a fan of freezer cooking, and of slow cooker meals. So when I’m menu planning, I tend to gravitate toward those (in the summer I’m all about grilling though). I also like to do casseroles, but those tend to be a bit heavy on the Weight Watchers Points Plus values.

So whenever I find a recipe that sounds delicious, I think if it will be low in points, or if it’s high in points, is it high because it’s full of healthy ingredients. When I saw the recipe I linked above posted, I went out and immediately bought the ingredients for it, and put it together last night while Kalen and I were making dinner (which was quick – chicken sausage in two different flavors, a box of chicken rice, and dill carrots). It was super easy too (you can read all the details in Cassie’s post), and while I maybe used more garlic (she used 3….I used 7 lol), I stuck to the recipe. I used 93/7 ground beef, and light sour cream; her recipe doesn’t specify, but that was what I bought, and I used 3 medium potatoes and 2 small (what I had on hand). With what I used, this comes to 11 Points Plus per serving. Not bad! Kalen’s going to pick up some bread tonight to serve with it, and I am DYING to eat it!

Because seriously, my house smells amazing right now. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G.

So make it if you get a chance. And then thank me. And then thank Cassie for being awesome.

Today, because I’m absolutely DISGUSTED with my weight and weight gain, I decided to have a nice healthy lunch. My plan was to eat half of what I made today, and the other half tomorrow. But then I thought that my coworkers might kill me if I reheated salmon at work, and I wanted to take some soup, so I ate it all. It was high in points, but it was healthy. So, I’m cool with it.

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Salmon, cooked in 2 teaspoons of olive oil and coated in Sunny Paris seasoning from Penzey’s

(kind of expensive, but worth the price). Then I peeled and cut up a sweet potato, boiled it, and mashed it up with butter and milk. I used more butter than I tracked (I’m stupid), so it was a 24 Points Plus lunch. Now, had I taken half tomorrow, I’d have had a 12 point lunch. But, salmon is high in points but good for you. Same with sweet potatoes. So I’m okay with it. Next time though, less butter! I also had an apple (honeycrisp, mmmm), and my breakfast was some leftover rice from last night. I had planned on oatmeal (1/2 cup of oats, 1 tsp of butter, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 1 tbsp of brown sugar) but took my insulin and my pills, then was busy refilling my pill container and at that point I HAD to eat, and making something like oatmeal wasn’t an option, so I nuked the rice. It was 7 PP, and the oatmeal weighs in at 6 PP, so not a huge difference. I do vary the brown sugar, depending on my mood, but I love the flavor it adds. Sometimes I’ll use Splenda too, if I want to save that 1 PP. On deck for the rest of the day is a banana, and some baby carrots, plus dinner.

As a way to really be dedicated to losing weight and Weight Watchers, I decided not to refill my M&M supply, and instead bought some of the Weight Watchers 2 Point mini bars. They came today, and I busted into the Toasted Coconut Dream and Chock Full O’ Chocolate. Both were SO good, and flavors I haven’t tried yet. The rest I have tried before, and repurchased.

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The others have been favorites of mine, and so I repurchased, and the Chocolate Caramel bars are good (but I did not buy those again). Kalen liked the Peanut Butter Cookie Explosion, but I’m eh about that, and we have a done of Dulce de Leche that are no longer available. I’m sick of those. hahaha.

I’ve been doing well with eating more produce. We have kiwis, carrots, celery, clementines, apples, grapefruit, tomatoes, and soon we’ll have avocados and I plan to pick up some spinach for scrambled eggs and sandwiches. I need to make up a fresh batch of hummus (I just use a can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed well, garlic cloves, usually about 3-4 of them, some salt but not much because I’m dealing with crazy swelling, and olive oil til it’s smooth, but still a bit chunky) and figure out the PP value of that, and I have string cheese (not the light, I cannot do that), some Babybel cheese, Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges (they’re the regular, not the light because Costco didn’t have the light in stock) that I mix into my scrambled eggs, and honestly I’m thinking they would be good mixed into mashed potatoes or a homemade macaroni and cheese…I’ll have to work on a recipe! I also have turkey breast lunch meat, as well as ham (Krakus ham, because it is the best!), and some of the ultra thin Sargento slices (in Swiss and Sharp Cheddar). We have cans of tuna, and just tons of other healthy options to eat.

I had been getting fast food frequently, using my debit card so Kalen wouldn’t know (I KNOW GUYS, I KNOW), so to get rid of that temptation, I took my card out of my wallet. Now I just have our Discover card, and I don’t use that for food, because there’s no way to hide it. Shameful, but true. I’ve been drinking far more water recently, and making sure to take my medications regularly (I will easily forget). I started doing squats and various kettle bell workouts (love both), and will eventually work in some cardio. Honestly, right now, I’m so out of shape that cardio damn near kills me.

Tomorrow’s dinner will be pretty low point too – 5 PP dill mashed potatoes (I will link to the recipe and explain what I did differently), and some freezer-to-slow cooker Salisbury steak (I will share this recipe – it’s a favorite!), plus a veggie (I told Kalen to pick up stuff for salad, or green beans, because we’re out of both. Oatmeal for breakfast (will actually make a double batch tonight so I can just reheat it tomorrow and Friday), and then lunch will be leftover soup.

It feels great to feel in control right now. I am going to conquer my health. I am going to lose weight. When I’m a nurse, my patients aren’t going to listen to me advise them on their health if I’m roughly the size of a killer whale.

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It’s November Already?

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I cannot believe it is November already! It seems like the time is going by just way too fast for me, but at the same time I love it because it puts me one step closer to finishing the semester, which means I’m that much closer to graduation. Woo hoo!!!

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School is still going well, I suppose. I’m struggling in one of my classes, and cannot figure out why I’m not doing well though. I’m studying my butt off for the class, and I seem to be missing just that one piece that would really tie it all together, and it sucks. I’m meeting with the professor tomorrow after lecture to see what else I can be doing. I’m taking notes and reading over the chapters (although not too intricately as that isn’t what he utilizes), reading the slides multiple times and making flashcards on them, and I utilize the study guides he provides us. So hopefully he can give me some sort of solution for all of this (short of just letting me use notes….haha). I’m doing well in my other class though. We’re almost done with the lab portion too. We have a 10 minute assessment next week, then the following week we’re going over our final assessment and the week after I think we’re doing another practice of the final assessment, and I believe having a potluck in the class, and then 11/30 and 12/7 we’re having our assessments (we make appointments). Then my other classes have their finals 12/14 and 12/16, and then I’m done until 1/11/16. Woo! And I have another pharm test (the hard class) on 11/18, so that should be a hoot and a holler. My friend is going to help me study (she’s a semester ahead of me), and I am so so so thankful for that! She’s been an amazing friend to me throughout this whole nursing school process. God truly blessed me when he kindled that friendship for sure!

I started crocheting and making jewelry in anticipation of Christmas coming up. I just ordered some new charms (DNA double helix charms, EKG lines, alphabet charms, wolf heads like House Stark…because Winter is Coming, and I got some cool painted wooden buttons for cowls), make a ton of necklaces that I posted to my shop, and I’ve been working on a new cowl pattern in a really pretty green yarn that I’ll be sure to post when finished. For now you can check out what I do have posted by going HERE and checking out the listing. I do take requests too, so if you have an idea in mind and don’t see it, shoot me a message! [end shameless plug]

Anyway, I’ve been really lacking in the healthy eating category of life. I have been doing terrible, and have been gaining weight again, which is not good. I tried to put on my boots the other day, and they wouldn’t zip. Part is due to swelling, but the majority is due to weight gain. So, today I did a ton of kettle bell exercises (LOVE MY KETTLE BELL) and a ton of squats. I also did some jumping jacks, but I really hate those so that didn’t last long. Oops. But hey, kettle bells and squats! I need to be more strict about cutting out the fast food. I’m hitting up McDonald’s way too often for breakfast food before work, and it needs to stop. I have granola bars, frozen waffles, eggs, English muffins (plain and cranberry), and frozen breakfast sandwiches (I save those for 8am mornings though). I can also buy yogurt (I love yogurt), and I have fruits, veggies, and cottage cheese (all excellent breakfast options in my eyes). I’ve also seen people eat apples with cottage cheese that is sprinkled with cinnamon. I’ve always put cut up tomatoes in mine but I’m willing to try an alternative. I have oatmeal too, and I loooove oatmeal!  For lunches I need to start packing more fruits and veggies than I do, stick to a simple sandwich, and not take any chips or crap. I prefer to take some pretzels, a Laughing Cow cheese wedge for the pretzels, or a string cheese if not those two items, a sandwich of some sort (meaning no more Uncrustables, although delicious), and maybe some Annie’s Bunnies (I have two boxes of individual bags from Costco). I also snack on almonds frequently. But the fast food is what is killing me, and not enough produce. Plus all the other bad crap I’ll happily shovel in when I feel like it. It’s gotten out of hand though, and I need to lose weight.

Luckily, I have a fridge full of healthy foods, and no real tempting snacks around. I’m not a big chip eater, so the chips in the house don’t tempt me one bit, and I’m not really a huge sweet eater. I like them, but if I overindulge it’s out of boredom, not craving. I have a bag of trail mix though (I know it’s not that healthy, but it’s not as terrible as some snacks could be), a huge bag of pistachios (thanks, Costco!), a variety of almonds, KIND granola bars, and Nature Valley granola bars (great for on-the-go for me), and a variety of cheeses to snack on (I don’t overdo it). So, I just have to stay away from fast food, and eat more of the yummy produce in the house (kiwi fruit, clementines, apples straight from the orchard, cherry tomatoes, and carrots currently), and I’ll be good to go. I really don’t eat badly (you know, except fast food, which I freaking hide from my husband), but I tend to eat too much, so I have been measuring out my portions.

Anyway, enough chatter about weight and weight loss. This blog isn’t to be focused solely on that. I want it to be a variety of things – my life, nursing school, weight loss, crafty things, writing, etc. – so I don’t want to prattle on too much or too often about one such topic. If you guys want to see more about weight loss, let me know! If I feel like it’s becoming more and more a part of my life, I’ll be including it more regardless, but right now it’s in the beginning stages, and I know that can be boring at times.

I should probably go torture my poor thumb some more and take notes for class tomorrow. Goody.

I hope you guys had a wonderful October and Halloween! It was really rainy here, but I had fun at my Mom’s house! Here are some pictures.🙂

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